Join us for another Death Café, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death.
The aim of a Death Café is to break down the taboos around discussing death, in order to help people make the most of their finite lives. We will be using the works featured in the Darkness into Light exhibition to kick-start our discussions.
Founder Jon Underwood, who held the UK's first café in his home in London, explained: «When people sit down to talk about death, the pretence kind of falls away, and people talk very openly and authentically. They say things in front of strangers which are really profound and beautiful. And for English people to do that, with our traditional stiff upper lip, is very rare.»
Since that first session in 2011, over 5,800 Death Cafés have been held in 52 countries around the world.
These sessions are facilitated by volunteers, with the conversation led by its participants — meaning there is no agenda, and there are no objectives or foregone conclusions. It is a discussion group, rather than a grief or counselling session. Each participant is free to steer the discussion where it feels natural to go.
Please note, the £3 recommended donation is towards tea and cake, but you are welcome to sign up and attend for free. If you would like to sign up for this free event without making a donation towards tea and cake, please call Museums Sheffield on (0114) 2782675.
Free, recommended donation £3.
If you have any questions, please contact Penny on [email protected]
Find out more about the Death Café movement: https://deathcafe.com/
Image © Eric Ravilious, Rye Harbour, 1938. Image © The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art